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Health-care crisis

I received a letter from my doctor that he was leaving for Washington State in June. Three years ago, my other doctor left private practice to work in Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Mary Raymond’s letter about the “health-care crisis” is timely, indeed. I agree with her that the insurance industry, along with inconsiderate, self-centered patients are part of the problem. It’s probably worse in urban areas of California with a large number of people that speak little English and are from a foreign culture. Add to that the everyday coping with traffic, crowded emergency rooms and social problems. This is not a unique Nevada County problem, but one that is surfacing everywhere. I’m inclined to believe that the solution lies in that fact that we are not coping with a natural attrition problem. Aren’t there a good number of doctors that would be overjoyed to live in this area and enjoy the many benefits for their families and themselves? Don’t we have one of the best Cancer Treatment Centers and personnel in California? What can I do to help?

Ray Janssen

Nevada City


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